BC3 and Grove City College are partnering to create a degree program which would allow students to get a bachelor’s in nursing.
Students in the program, which will be offered through Grove City College’s newly-established Charles Jr. and Betty Johnson School of Nursing, will benefit from what the two institutions say is an excellent liberal arts and sciences education from Grove City College and an accredited, high-quality technical and clinical professional training through Butler County Community College.
The partnership was announced late last week.
“Nursing is a rewarding and fulfilling career that many students are interested in pursuing. There is also a pressing need for more and better trained professionals in the field. This partnership with Butler County Community College allows us to meet the needs of students and society,” said Grove City College President Paul J. McNulty. “We are blessed to have a neighbor like BC3 that allows us the opportunity to better serve our students, our community and the common good.”
Students would live on the campus of Grove City College and attend classes there in their first and fourth years of the program. During the second and third years, they would attend classes at both Grove City and BC3.
At the end of the third year, students will take state exams and can expect to begin working in the field as they complete their fourth year of college. Grove City would offer flexible and online classes to fourth year students.
Grove City College plans to begin offering the BSN degree to incoming freshman next fall (fall of 2020). BC3 plans an $18 million project that includes the $12 million Victor K. Phillips Nursing and Allied Health Building that will house the Shaffer School of Nursing and Allied Health.
“This collaboration speaks to the power of BC3 and community colleges as a whole,” said BC3 President Nick Neupauer said. “These are unique times. Collaboration is the key. And when a college like ours can partner with a nationally recognized institution like Grove City, it speaks volumes. Even better yet is that both institutions are addressing a high-priority occupational need like nursing.”